Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Don't I Own Another Motorcycle?

Phew, it's been an interesting couple of days. Monday morning at 4:30, I woke up with a pain in my stomach, and the day went downhill from there. Tuesday I was mostly back to normal, and today I'm practically perfect again, apart from being a bit tired.

Naturally, I took advantage of my health and went straight to the garage to do some needed work on the Triumph. And since I was out there, I noticed this other bike in my garage. Some kinda Suzuki VX800 or something, I can't remember...

Anyway, it won't pass emissions, and it needs a bunch of other stuff done to it. I've been thwarted in my attempts to get the VX roadworthy again by a rounded bolt on a valve cover, an assortment of guests, and my good friend "sleep."

I've finally given up and admitted to myself that to get that bolt out, I'm going to have to take the radiator off the bike. Luckily, this will also help me with some of the other maintenance I have to do.

It looks like it should be easy enough to get the radiator loose, and with luck everything else will fall into place. Hopefully this weekend I'll be well on my way to having a street-legal motorcycle (not a scooter) for Lady Luck to ride, as well as a cooler-running bike for the commute this summer (Damn the Triumph kicks off a lot of heat).

Wish me luck.


Anonymous said...

Depending on the diameter of the bolt, I have some of the Craftsmen bolt "biters" that dig into the rounded metal. However, on Saturday I will be at the Can-Am Spyder test ride at Westworld in Snottsdale.

You have my number, give me a shout.


Beaker said...

Keep us posted on how you progress with the VX...

Combatscoot said...

A pair of needle-nose Vice-Grips are pretty good with rounded-off valve cover bolts and carburettor screws.